“Worrying Findings” As Jellyfish Invasion Hits Ireland Coast

Unprecedented Northerly Migration Of Multiple Marine Species

Global Jellyfish OnslaughtBarrel Jellyfish and Triggerfish Don’t Belong In The Irish Sea

Continuing our documentation of the rapid changes taking place in the oceans (see detailed story here), we note a report from Ireland’s Coastwatch agency regarding growing swarms of various jellyfish species, as well as species such as the triggerfish – a species normally associated with the much warmer waters of the Mediterranean. While a five foot diameter barrel jelly was sited on the west coast, of particular concern are huge masses of brown jellyfish that decimate any competing species in their path.

Coastwatch International co-ordinator Karin Dubsky said, “”One of the worrying ones was that there were a lot of the small brown jellyfish, which do a lot of damage to wildlife. They were appearing late in the year and in massive quantities.” Dubsky attributed the migration to warming waters.

The global onslaught of this ancient species is attributed by most oceanographers to massive disruption of the seas by humans in the form of warming water temperatures, overfishing and pollution. Everything we do makes life easier for this highly adaptive bunch of blobs.

The oceans, like the rest of the planet they dominate, undergo constant evolution as conditions change. Species migrate, populations swell and declines and sometimes disappear completely*. But the scale of humankind’s ability to screw things up is unprecedented in the history of the planet** and the disruption to planetary ecosystems at every level is quickly becoming evident to anyone who doesn’t live in Texas. While some End Times events are massive disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan, the goings on in the ocean will ultimately be far more devastating to business as usual for human civilization.

*If you think the world’s fauna are exactly the same as when they stepped off the ark, you are probably on the wrong website.

**With the probable exception of a stray asteroid here and there.

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